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Watch: Helsinki police roll out ATVs for daily patrols

The all-terrain vehicles will replace two decommissioned police cars.

Helsingin poliisi liikkuu ketterästi mönkijöillä kaupungissa
Helsingin poliisi liikkuu ketterästi mönkijöillä kaupungissa

The Helsinki police department has acquired two all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for use on daily patrols.

In a press statement, the department said that the vehicles would give police more mobility on the streets of the capital.

In addition to off-road driving, ATVs are suitable for controlling traffic as well as policing public events and demonstrations in an urban environment.

Due to its small size, the vehicle is capable of moving nimbly, especially in alleyways or tight spaces which cannot be accessed by car.

The ATVs acquired by Helsinki police can reach a maximum speed of up to 80 kilometres per hour, the department said, and the price of an ATV equipped for the needs of the police is estimated to be about 20,000 euros.

Senior police officers Tuomas Parviainen and Mika Koskenlaakso as well as Chief Inspector Jere Roimu tested the ATVs around the Helsinki Olympic Stadium area. Image: Matti Myller / Yle